I advise you to recite the Qur’an and remember Allah much, for surely the Qur’an will remember you (do your dhikr) in the Heavens and it will be a Divine Light (nur) for you on the Earth.— The Messenger of Allah (SWT)
Etiquette of Handling and Reciting Qur’an
By Syed Rizwan Rizvi, Imām of Masjid-e-Ali (as)
The Qur’an is a book containing revelation from Allah for the guidance of mankind. It is not an ordinary book. In order to show it respect and to learn better from its teachings, try to practice this etiquette when handling, reciting or listening to the Book:
When opening the Qur’an to read it, have a clean body, wear clean clothes and be in a clean place.
Brush your teeth before reciting the Qur’an: Prophet Muhammad [s] once said, “Clean the path of the Qur’an.” When he was asked, “What is the path of the Qur’an?” The Holy Prophet responded, “Your mouths.”
Perform wudhu: It is wajib to be in the state of wudhu in order to make skin contact with the script of the Qur’an, and mustahab to be in wudhu when touching the margins of the Qur’an or its cover. The Qur’an says, “In a well-guarded book. Which none will touch except those who are purified” (56:78,79)
Face the Qibla with humility and hold or put down the Qur’an respectfully. For a female to cover her hair is a sign of respect for the Qur’an.
Start recitation with ta’awudh (اعوذ باللہ من الشیطان الرجیم) and then Bismillahir Rahman ar-Rahim. The Qur’an says, “When you recite the Qur’an, seek the protection of Allah against the outcast Satan” (16:98)
Read clearly and distinctly without rushing or shouting: The words of the Qur’ān should not be read just for the sake of getting through it. Try to recite the verse attentively and actively participate as if the verse has just been revealed to you. For example, stop at a verse of warning and seek protection from Allah; and stop at a verse of mercy and ask the Merciful for His Mercy.